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Eric Boles

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Former NFL player working with leadership, team dynamics, peak performance, managing change, and cultural transformation

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Our keynote speaker Eric Boles, former NFL player, is one of the world’s authorities on leadership, team dynamics and change management. His enthusiasm and expertise lies in maximizing human assets and enhancing corporate cultures to foster engagement and peak performance. He coaches, consults and speaks on these topics and would be a great motivator and manager for any type of improvement and change in your organization.

Eric Boles is the president of the training and Development Company called The Game Changers Inc., which is dedicated to maximizing the human asset. Through assessment, consulting, coaching and corporate training, The Game Changers Inc. has set the standard for the best ways to help organizations enhance their culture and develop greater levels of commitment and performance.

Eric Boles is a highly recognized speaker and has worked with some of the most respected organizations in the world. Each year, Eric presents his inspiring and challenging insights and strategies to thousands of men and women. His expertise on Leadership, Peak Performance, Team Dynamics and Managing Change has been shared with clients such as Dunkin’ Brands, National Association of Realtors, Alaska Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Starbucks Coffee, U.S. Air Force, First West Credit Union, Emergency Nurses Association, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Eric has also worked with a variety of organizations and associations, including sales, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.

Many of the principles which Eric talk about were learnt from his experience playing in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers. As an NFL player, he had the privilege of being coached and mentored by some of the finest coaches and players in the game.

Eric is a big sports enthusiast, golfer and reader. He is married to his wife Cindy, and together they have two daughters, Taylor and Madison.


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    Leading Change in the New Reality

    Leading has never been easy, but it has never been more challenging than it is today in this “New Normal” or “New Reality.” The customer has never been more demanding, the competition never more stiff, the employees increasingly less engaged. All the while, industry changes and technology advances continue coming at a faster pace. Plus, despite all these demands, many leaders are being asked to accomplish more with less.

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    Moving to Great

    “Moving to Great” will deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of personal mastery and change enablement. Participants learn time-proven techniques and skills for enhancing personal accountability and helping themselves and others overcome the natural, human resistance to change. “Moving to Great” provides a scientifically sound set of tools that will enable individuals to increase their self-efficacy (the ability to cause and make happen), improve their self-esteem and enhance their ability to set and accomplish bigger and better goals. A result of experiencing “Moving to Great” is a renewed sense of commitment and a greater willingness to seek out and implement new approaches to tackling both personal and organizational challenges.


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    Lead with Purpose

    – “Lead With Purpose” will help you become intentional in how you positively influence others. The goal being that your influence grows alongside your commitment to creating great relationships. You will enjoy the practical and personal application of principles for inspiring, motivating, and developing others.

    – “Lead With Purpose” builds on the skills you already possess and equips you to achieve positive change in your life and the life of your organization through effective, visionary leadership.


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    More than Winning

    – The goal of every team is to win; no matter the venue or arena of competition, sports or business, the objective is to come out on top. What if there was a better approach that does not involve winning or losing, winning was simply the by-product? The pursuit of excellence is not about winning – it is “More than Winning.” It is giving your very best in pursuit of a goal or worthwhile endeavor bigger than yourself. It is bigger than any one individual and demands your very best.

    – “More than Winning” focuses on releasing a team’s potential. This is the result of effectively leveraging the individual strengths for the benefit of the team and the goal. We’ll show you the keys to unlock the potential.


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    Fearless Leadership

    – Perhaps the greatest challenge that you will ever face in life is the conquest of fear and the development of the habit of courage. Fear has always been the greatest enemy of mankind.When Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he was saying that the emotion of fear, rather than the reality of what we fear, is the cause of associated anxiety, stress and unhappiness.

    – “Fearless Leadership” is based on this premise. Just think: What would you dare to dream, be or do if you were able to overcome your fears? Fortunately, the habit of courage can be learned!

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When and why did you become a public speaker?

I feel like I have always been a public speaker. My father was a pastor of a large church and I was always a leader in sports and in school.  So it seems like I was often up front speaking or representing my family, faith, school or team. After I finished my pro football career, at first I did not pursue a becoming a public speaker.

But I was fortunate enough to be around some great leaders in business and sports and I became fascinated with leadership and peak performance both personally and professionally. Then I was later mentored by another incredible speaker and trainer, Bob Moawad, and encouraged to share what I was studying and learning and it just kept growing from there. It’s been a highly rewarding journey.

How do you relate the world of sports with the world of business?

Because of growing up playing sports at a high level and then moving into business, sports is somewhat of a filter of how I see things.  But sports and business are much more alike than different. If you are going to compete in business or sports at a high level there are very similar things you need to do and qualities you need to have.

Things such as managing and leading change, dealing with setbacks, making others better around you, and doing your best work when the pressure is on, being fearless and courageous, focused on results, and a strong desire to continually improve, are just a few items that leaders of business and sports have in common. I could go on and on! When you get a group of sports and business leaders together it is amazing what they have in common.

What makes your keynotes unique?

Because of my experience in keynoting, training and executive coaching and playing professional sports, I bring a lot of perspective to my message and communicate that in a way that is relevant and that people are motivated to use. I am all about results and cutting through the “noise” to get to the core issues. I feel we learn best with a smile on our face but I will really challenge people to make the changes and deal with the fears and other barriers that get in the way of making those changes both personally and professionally.

I also use a lot of stories to support the principals because I think the stories penetrate the heart and it will inspire us to make the changes to move to a higher level. I don’t want people walking out of the room saying “ Wow!  he was really funny”. I want people to say “Wow, his message really touched my heart and I am going to make some changes and get better!”

How would you define a great leader?

This is always a great question. It’s easier to define through a book but to put it into a couple of sentences is difficult. When I talk with leaders and  survey people and read the books the answers really vary. But briefly I think a great leader is someone with a vision for the future and the ability to inspire and lead others to follow them and commit to that vision. I know leaders who have a vision but no one want to follow them or commit to the vision. And I see leaders who people want to follow but they have no vision.

There are lots of qualities I think leaders should have but there are lots of exceptions to those qualities. I would like more leaders to be transparent, people of integrity, courageous, humble, inspiring, responsible, and many other positive qualities. But I know many leaders who don’t have those qualities and are still successful in leading their organizations. That is part of what makes it fascinating to study and talk about. There is no magic pill!

What kinds of organizations have you worked with?

I like to work with people!  It’s not the organizations that makes working with them so enjoyable it’s the people and hearing their stories. But I have worked with organizations of all sizes and kinds over the years across the globe. Working with leading companies like Starbucks Coffee, Microsoft, USAA, Barclays Bank, Aviva Insurance, Kraft Foods and Hasbro Toys are exciting.

But besides keynoting major leadership and sales events I also work in depth with companies and provide leadership and employee training and consulting to change the culture, improve morale, increase sales, manage the changes and various other people related issues that link to the bottom line. So I not only work with companies of all sizes but I work with them at all levels so I really get to understand their issues and hear their stories. That is exciting to me and makes what I do so rewarding.

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